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Location: CO : Golden : Clear Creek Canyon : High Wire Crag : Ghetto Activity (5.10b/c)
By: Dougald MacDonald When: May 27, 2012

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Comments: Engaging climbing, but there's a very dangerous sharp edge by the last bolt. Be careful with your rope or it could cut in a fall, especially if you're seconding the pitch.

With a few pieces of pro, you can traverse left from the belay ledge and join the upper half of Hip at the Lip (5.10 something) making this a cool two pitch adventure.


Location: CO : Golden : Clear Creek Canyon : High Wire Crag : Idiot's Roof (5.11b/c)
By: Dougald MacDonald When: May 27, 2012

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Comments: When this route gets just a little cleaner, it will be a genuine classic. Much steeper than it looks from the ground. Wish I had read the beta about going higher than you think in the crack. Tried to exit directly past the bolt. Fail.


Location: CO : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : Security Risk Massif : Lower Security Risk : Prism (5.9)
By: Dougald MacDonald When: Apr 15, 2012

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Comments: Don't let the few feet of grunge at the bottom put you off. This is a fun and well protected route.


Location: CO : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : Security Risk Massif : Lower Security Risk : Scraping By (5.10a)
By: Dougald MacDonald When: Apr 15, 2012

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Comments: Cutting right to the bolted arÍte after the low crux makes this quite a fun and worthy route.


Location: CO : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : Boulder Slips : My Way (5.9)
By: Dougald MacDonald When: Apr 8, 2012

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Comments: Sandbag at 5.9., at least by BC standards. Good, engaging route.


Location: CO : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : Boulder Slips : Colorado Senior Open (5.10-)
By: Dougald MacDonald When: Apr 8, 2012

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Comments: Best route at Boulder Slips.


Location: CO : Boulder : Flatirons : Central : Dinosaur Rock : Triceratops Tracks (5.10+ R)
By: Dougald MacDonald When: Apr 6, 2012

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Comments: Good climbing but would be more enjoyable with a bolt between 1 and 2. As it is, the crux is dangerous.


Location: CO : Boulder : Flatirons : Central : Dinosaur Rock : Tracks are for Kids (5.10)
By: Dougald MacDonald When: Apr 6, 2012

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Comments: Super fun sport climb...definitely the best, and maybe the easiest, on this wall. A bit spicy at the top, but at least any fall would be clean! Many thanks to Terry Murphy, Steve Annecone, Matt Samet, and all the others whose support helped upgrade this hidden gem of a wall.


Location: CO : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : Coney Island : The Bait (5.11a)
By: Dougald MacDonald When: Mar 24, 2012

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Comments: I would not call the wired nut for the finish "optional." Seemed essential to me!


Location: CO : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : Coney Island : Quintet (5.10c)
By: Dougald MacDonald When: Mar 24, 2012

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Comments: I'd like to hear more about the starts to this route. We started on the left, under the obvious small roofs, and got totally shut down trying to move up under the bigger roof, about 30 feet above the starting ledge. Poor hand holds and no feet...it seemed a lot harder than 5.10. Can someone who has successfully climbed it this way comment? Has anything broken, or am I just weaker than I thought? Wish we had thought to try the other option, starting on the right and moving left at the roof. That ... more >>


Location: CO : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : Coney Island : Pri-Moe (5.10d)
By: Dougald MacDonald When: Mar 24, 2012

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Comments: Don't let the negative comments put you off. My partner and I both led this and thought it was well- protected and very fun. Perhaps it has just cleaned up a lot.


Location: CO : Jack Roberts Memorial Celeb...
By: Dougald MacDonald When: Jan 26, 2012

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Comments: This event will run from 5 to about 9 pm. Light food and beer will be available. We encourage people to make an evening of it.


Location: CO : Alpine Rock : Mt. Evans : The Tan Buttresses : Hard to Say (5.10)
By: Dougald MacDonald When: Sep 28, 2011

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Comments: Although this line only adds three new pitches, the quality of the rock, climbing, and pro is likely to make this the standard route up the "flying buttress" on the right side of Tan Buttresses. I've done a fair number of new routes on Front Range peaks, including three on Mt. Evans, and this may be the best. The first pitch is sustained and tricky but well protected. The second pitch is improbable and exposed: maybe the highest quality lead I've experienced on any new route in the mountains. Th... more >>


Location: CO : Alpine Rock : Indian Peaks : Devil's Thumb : Photo
By: Dougald MacDonald When: Aug 29, 2011

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Comments: Reversing the descent after climbing the southeast face, we found it very reasonable to continue up the ridge and then downclimb a gully directly above the start of the route line shown here. This gully begins right around the point where the blue line intersects the cliff, and it diagonals slightly right to reach the ridge. From there, you'd climb down the ridge, sometimes on the east face, to reach the notch. The way we went, this was all 4th class.


Location: CO : Alpine Rock : Indian Peaks : Shoshoni Peak : Mass Wasting (5.10b) : Photo
By: Dougald MacDonald When: Jul 29, 2011

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Comments: Greg, this IS the old route ("Unknown 5.9") with the old pins on the fourth pitch. The Lowe Route is on the very steep pillar to the left of the line you have marked.


Location: CO : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : Elephant Buttresses : Fourth Buttress : The Heartland (5.9+)
By: Dougald MacDonald When: May 23, 2011

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Comments: I'm giving this route three stars for what it COULD be, not what it is. It's infested with lichen and slippery when wet, but the climbing is excellent, the pro is good, and the position is superb. If only it got more traffic...or a good brushing. Do your part. Do this route! Oh, and the short second pitch is also quite good and lichen-free.


Location: CO : Golden : Clear Creek Canyon : Creek Side : Big Bro's Watchin' (AKA: Lu... (5.11-)
By: Dougald MacDonald When: Mar 20, 2011

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Comments: This is more Black Canyon than Clear Creek, and if you love the Black, you'll love this route. I'd have given it four stars except for the bird shit on the crux of pitch 4, as well as some potentially nasty looseness on the pitch 4 roof. We thought the first, third, and fifth were the money pitches, though the fourth was the hardest. The third is one of the best pitches in CCC (I'd give it 5.11-), and the fifth is brilliant and well-protected, and not has hard as it looks, though it's still pret... more >>


Location: CO : Boulder : Upper Dream Canyon : Vanishing Point : Standback (5.10c/d) : Photo
By: Dougald MacDonald When: Mar 13, 2011

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Comments: Climber's right hand is on the loose block out left. Stay on the arete immediately to the right here for cleaner, harder, and excellent climbing.


Location: CO : Boulder : Upper Dream Canyon : Vanishing Point : Standback (5.10c/d)
By: Dougald MacDonald When: Mar 13, 2011

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Comments: We didn't lead this, so we can't say for sure, but the clips didn't seem any more "tenuous" (D'Antonio) than the other routes in the area. Interesting and fairly sustained climbing. If you go directly up the arete high on the pitch, you can avoid a loose block out left and bump the grade up to solid 5.11, with great pro. Definitely recommended this way.


Location: CO : Boulder : Upper Dream Canyon : Vanishing Point : The Producers (5.11d)
By: Dougald MacDonald When: Mar 13, 2011

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Comments: Very cool stemming. You get sucked left onto bigger holds around the fourth bolt, but don't worry about it: The business is still to come. Final clip in the initial corner (7th or 8th bolt) is hidden and delicate, and the fall could be ugly; it'd be better if this bolt were moved about 8 inches lower. But that's just a quibble. This route is really interesting and fun.


Location: CO : Boulder : Upper Dream Canyon : Vanishing Point : Dreamer's Dream (5.11a)
By: Dougald MacDonald When: Mar 13, 2011

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Comments: Continuous and interesting climbing, with a bit of crusty rock. Beware the left arm pump!


Location: CO : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : Blob Rock Area : Blob Rock : ... : Night Stalker (5.9)
By: Dougald MacDonald When: Jan 30, 2011

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Comments: Definitely a worthwhile stop on the Obscure Tour, and a good warm-up for the harder trad climbs in this neighborhood.


Location: CO : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : Blob Rock Area : Blob Rock : ... : Avoiding Wounded Knee (5.11)
By: Dougald MacDonald When: Jan 30, 2011

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Comments: This is a terrific pitch that deserves much more traffic. Once you pull into the corner, it's great climbing all the way, and it feels longer than it looks. The crux is a very cool, powerful sequence, and the exit onto the slab isn't all that easy either.


Location: CO : Fort Collins : Poudre Canyon : The Palace : Mineshaft Wall : Monstrosity (5.10b/c)
By: Dougald MacDonald When: Oct 31, 2010

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Comments: Wonderful climbing, but 10b must be a traditional rating that people aren't willing to relinquish. Compared with the seven other routes we did at the Palace on this day, Monstrosity would be upper-end 5.10. The bottom is totally in your face. Nonetheless, a superb climb, I thought!


Location: CO : Fort Collins : Poudre Canyon : The Palace : The Chamber : Road to Redemption (5.11b)
By: Dougald MacDonald When: Oct 31, 2010

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Comments: Yes, there's a bit of suspect rock when you step left for rests, and for sure it would be better if you had no choice but to climb straight up the solid center band. But this is still a great climbing experience: long for the Palace, and continuously engaging. The rests aren't as good or as frequent as the guidebook suggests, and the final moves are all-out (with, fortunately, an excellent rest shortly beforehand!).


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